‘Femicide definitely not part of TRNC’s culture’
By DIYAR GÜLDOĞAN AND OZAN MOROĞLU
“It is hard to believe that. We are not a society that is accustomed to this. Femicide is definitely not a part of our culture and should not be,” President Mustafa Akıncı said. His remarks came right after Elif Lort was stabbed to death in Girne. The killing coincided with International Women’s Day on March 8. Akıncı said the number of female homicide victims has reached 22 over the past decade. “The equality of women and men, gender equality, should be a way of life,” he added. Separately, a 15-year-old girl was raped in Serdarlı village of Gazimağusa. The suspect was arrested for the charges of “sexual rape of a child”, “serious harm” and “sexual abuse of a child”. Violence against women is a “humanitarian problem”, Akıncı said, and it is not enough to pay attention to women’s rights on just a single day. He added violence against women and the murder of women are the issues that can not be “banalized and normalized”. For his part, Prime Minister Ersin Tatar also expressed sadness over violence against women. Tatar said it is the government’s...